Ian Hetherington, founding father of UK-based developer Psygnosis and greatest recognized for the Wipeout and Lemmings online game collection, has died. Hetherington was a distinguished member of the UK online game growth scene through the mid-80s to early 2000s and helped create a number of iconic titles for the unique PlayStation. Wipeout collection creator Nick Burcombe and composer Tim Wright introduced his passing by way of Twitter.
Ian Hetherington… the person who kickstarted my profession in video games, and all the time had religion in my talents, has sadly handed away. I’ll all the time be vastly grateful. My honest and heartfelt condolences to his household. 🙏😔 pic.twitter.com/YD2KT0oqCR
— CoLD SToRAGE ( Tim Wright ) (@CoLDSToRAGE) December 15, 2021
Hetherington was a businessman that originally began his online game profession because the Monetary Director of Liverpool-based Think about Software program. After Think about’s closure, Hetherington co-founded Psygnosis with Jonathan Ellis and David Lawson, who was one in all Think about’s founders. Builders at Psygnosis would go on to provide numerous hits for the Amiga and Atari ST through the late Nineteen Eighties and early Nineties.
In 1993, Sony acquired Psygnosis in preparation for the western launch of the PlayStation in 1995. Psygnosis grew to become an vital a part of Sony’s recreation growth for the western market, releasing a few of the hottest PSX-era video games of the time. This consists of the unique Wipeout, in addition to the Colony Wars collection, G-Police, and Overboard! Notably, the studio additionally helped develop the primary PlayStation dev kits.
Unhappy information immediately in regards to the passing of UK Improvement legend, Ian Hetherington. He steered so a lot of my Psygnosis associates and colleagues via the 16 and 32 bit eras and into the arms of Ps. #wipeout followers, it was Ian’s management that made it occur. #respect pic.twitter.com/m9yA7ogbnM
— Nick Burcombe (@nburcombe) December 15, 2021
Hetherington left the corporate in 1998, founding different online game firms reminiscent of Realtime Worlds and Evolution Studios. Afterward, in 1999 Sony consolidated its studios into Sony Laptop Leisure. Within the course of, Psygnosis was rebranded to SCE Studio Liverpool. And whereas the studio went on to create some huge hits for the PS2 and PS3, Sony made the choice to close down the company in 2012.